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My wife and I are tagging along on another couple's summer trip this year, heading from Munich up to Belgium. We're basing in Gent for a couple days (on the tag-along part of the trip), then have three more days (on our own) before flying out of Dusseldorf. We'll have a car.
We've never been to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, or northern France before, and we're not trying to see "everything," just have an enjoyable five days and figure out if we want to do a longer vacation there later. The catch is I really dislike tourist crowds and lines, and kind of want to avoid the too-popular sites (and yes, summer is a bad time to be agoraphobic in Europe), while not missing all the good stuff. So I guess I'm looking for underappreciated gems?
As for preferences, we're history geeks, so older cities (especially Spanish-Dutch War sites) and museums get extra points. Thoughts? more »
Hope some good folk might be able to offer a few pointers with regards the following...
It might seem a simple notion to research what might be the cheapest option to get from Charleroi Airport to Bruges, but I'm finding conflicting reports online and would be hugely grateful of any feedback.
I arrive at Brussels South/Charleroi Airport at 09.00 on Friday June 7th. I depart on Monday night at 19.35.
After consulting the Belgian Railways website, I am informed that the cheapest rail ticket is just over 40 Euros return (via Brussels), which seems a tad expensive (especially given that my flight is actualy cheaper!).
I once travelled back from Brussels South/Charleroi Airport (via Bruges) and it seemed a reasonable enough price - as was the Ryanair bus from Charleroi Sud train station to the airport itself.
Whether my memory is playing tricks with me i'm no... more »
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My wife and I want to go to the Pukkelpop festival when we are in Belgium. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've read a lot about it on the internet, ie: camping is suggested, ticket price includes transport to and from campsite to festival area. but id like to hear someones opinion on their experience(s). Im not sure if we should travel to the festival for a day trip from Hasselt or Kiewit, or stay? Im sure someone has some suggestions.
Thank you in advance!
Might be in Brussels in late July for a couple days and thinking about extending my trip to include some exploring. I've always wanted to bike around Belgium, and I'm also a musician, so I thought I might be able to combine these two and go on a bit of a busking tour. I've been looking at the busking permit situations and couchsurfing options in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Liege (any other towns worth seeing?) but I'm also thinking that the Ryanair fees for my banjo or guitar along with the hazards of travel might make it worth just getting something there.
I assume that there are secondhand shops in town, but what kind of prices would I be looking at for a rideable men's bike and a playable acoustic guitar? I've heard of "kringwinkels" and "les petits riens," are those the main places to shop? What about online marketplaces similar to craigslist or gumtree?
I am thinking of planning a trip to Bruges over Christmas this year. Please can anyone tell me if the trains will be running on December 26th (specifically Bruges to Brussels?)
I need to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam on Friday 24th May, I would prefer to take a train rather than a coach however looking online the train fares I am seeing are over 70 euros one way which seems high....
I have checked bahn.de which is not quoting any fares which is odd, Thalys and raileurope, it appears that the Fyra trains are no longer running... have I missed any options or is this actually the cheapest train fare available between these cities on this date?
Thanks in advance!
I am visiting my nephew in Brussels, and we want to go bike camping in the Ardennes Mts. on a weekend in June. Does anyone know of campgrounds or nice spots to visit in that area. I also read from another post that bikes have to be boxed to be transported on the train? Could we bike to the Ardennes directly on bike paths? Any suggestions, comments would be appreciated.
We got 15 days from amsterdam. But we have no idea. We wan to go the places from london, holland, belgium, berlin, paris, venice, milan, florence, pisa, rome.? anyone can share a suggestion? thanks.
We were originally planning to be in Bruges for 4 nights and 3 full days, using it as a base to explore the surrounding region (rather than, for example, spending 2 nights there and 2 nights in Brussels... we'd rather have a "home base" for a longer period of time and take day trips by train or bus to surrounding towns). Now I'm wondering whether it might make more sense to base ourselves in Gent, or Brussels? For those of you who know all three, which would you choose?
Our interests run the gamut from visiting museums to going to local festivals to wandering and getting lost in picturesque alleys. (We're also into outdoors activities, but we're heading to Switzerland after Belgium, so that's where we're planning to focus most of our hiking/outdoors planning.) In Belgium, I think another interest will be eating delicious food and drinking beer. :-)
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I am a big F1 fan but never been to one live. Now I have the chance to attend the best circuit of them all - Spa Francochamps in Belgium.My wife has offered to finance a trip from the UK to the race but asked me to get the details.
The trouble is that most of the Package Deals on the F1 site include a Brussels hotel, whereas the circuit is 150km away in the Ardennes. I think Malmedy is the nearest town, but I would like some tips on how to get there.
I can book a hotel in Malmedy on line.
I can buy the race ticket on line.
I live not far from Bristol Airport and so should be able to get a flight to Brussels on Friday before the race.
My problem is to get from Brussels to Malmedy. I have never driven in Europe (but have driven on the right side in the US a lot) and am not too keen to do so during a Grand Prix weekend. The alternative is a train but I am not sure if M... more »
I will spend one day in Belgium this next wednesday and I'd like to see things that are a bit off the tourist radar.
I know Brussels, Antwerpen, Ghent, Bruggen, Dam, Oostende, Kortrijk, Mechelen, Ieper, Veurne, Liège, part of the Ardennes...
and I'd like to see some other place. it can be something unusual, quirky, very belgian (if that means anything)...
it can really be anything... but something new and interesting (small town, village, architectural spot, nature...).
thank you for helping have a great day there:)
We are planning a 15 day road trip of Europe, starting in Brussels on May 11. We plan to cover Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech, Slovakia and Austria.
Can someone recommend a car-hire company which allows us to drive the hired car into all these countries without any special requirements? We looked at some options on Economy Car Rentals but it seems you cannot easily drive into Czech Republic or Slovakia... is that true? Is it true that the insurance rates are different depending on which country you drive into even if it is in Schenghen network?
Any help in this regard will be appreciated.
My husband and I will be traveling to Brussels in May for our 10th wedding anniversary then heading to Rome.
Can you please suggest any must see places, foods,etc...during our stay in Brussels?
I've booked myself on a Thalys train from Brussels to Amsterdam, and I want to take my bicycle on it. Do I have to reserve a space, and if so, how?
Many thanks, Martin
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